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A Social Organization Dream

What you can find here is a group of attributes I have found congenial for meetings of some organizations and groups. Perhaps I should have included "meetings" in the title. But then, most organizations do seem to have a lot of meetings.

I have attended meetings at conventions and at my den mother's home, I have attended business meetings and 12 Step meetings, educational meetings and political meetings, city council meetings and lots of meetings. 

I imagine that you have attended your share of meetings; some of which you have found more congenial than others. I have found it so.

Below are a couple of lists of meeting attributes I have found congenial.

A congenial meeting is one which likely has:

  1. the purpose of advocating and protecting me. 
  2. members who value honesty and justice highly.
  3. a mission I find valuable and pleasing.
  4. those who study and promote actions good for me and others.     
  5. dialogue which leads to appropriate actions.
  6. enough competent members.
  7. plenty of talk in which all participate.     
  8. members who feel, connected, involved, and respected.
  9. members who embrace reality and are willing to approach truth.
  10. members who promote widespread participation and responsibility.
  11. enough of those who have a clear understanding of costs and benefits.
  12. the motive of helping me and others.                                                                                            


And more; a kind of meeting which attracts me is one which:  

  1. keeps me in the informational loop.
  2. most members feel well connected with leadership.
  3. makes very clear who pays how much and who gets what.
  4. moves in the direction of democracy.
  5. tends to be inclusive.
  6. tends to safeguard that which I value.
  7. includes those who study and promote actions good for me and others.
  8. advocates and protects people and processes important to me.
  9. promotes effective dialogue.
  10. leads to appropriate actions.  


12+10 = 22  attributes

What meeting has these attributes? Probably there is no meeting that has half of them. One which has five of them may be worth looking into. You might try including six in your own meeting.  


If I found a political meeting with ten of them I might try to become a member. 



What attributes might attract you to a meeting or organization? I hope there is a space below for comments. I invite you to use it. Ah, what have you hated about a meeting? Comment. I think that it is possible to comment anonymously.


  I may post more on organization an organizations.



by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill




Basics for Being Active in Your Society and Your Nation

To be socially active----

To be active politically -----


It's fair and useful to:

  • Show up.
  • Speak up.
  • Frame the discussion.
  • Name the problem.
  • Suggest actions.
  • Team up.
  • Find a partner. 


You may find yourself being very effective just doing a few of above with some regularity.

By doing most of them most of the time you are likely find yourself leading your group or organization 


by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill III

Chickamauga War

Our American ancestors, right from 1776, warred about as much as we war now. I hope to give you some brief histories of a few of those wars in the future. When you have questions I can add important points or data to one of those histories. 

Right now I will say a first bit about the "Chickamauga War."

Historians talk about the Chickamauga war, but I like to say "wars" because the Chickamauga wars started early and lasted long enough to change locations of and reasons for the killing. They paused killing to change locations and renew their reasons for killing.

Some call them the Cherokee wars. When Cherokee ancestors protected their families, tribe, and territory from the violence of our invading ancestors, our ancestors killed them; killed them man, woman, and child; killed them and took their homes and their land. Ancestors, theirs and ours killed each other. Our ancestors most often proved to be the better killers.

Even so, the Cherokee people, with the sometime help of other peoples such as the Muskogee and Shawnee, actively resisted for nearly a century. According to some histories, those wars continued for "only" 20 years. 

Much of those struggles took place in what we might call the northern tier of the southern states; states like Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas, and North Carolina.

Mostly the Cherokee depended on their native allies, but they also allied themselves with the Kingdom of Great Britain to protect themselves from invasion and occupation by "Americans."

The Cherokee, it may well be remembered, are one of those people we called "civilized tribes." They were called civilized for a variety of reason; reasons such as their lifestyle; their way of dealing with others, and their knowledge of agriculture. They also married widely with Europeans from, perhaps, well before the first colonies were established in North America. The Cherokee, I believe, have long established bloodlines with Portuguese, Irish, Welsh, Scot and others.

During much of the most severe strife between Cherokee and American, an important Cherokee leader was Dragging Canoe.

Do you want to know why, besides, ignorance, these conflicts were called Chickamauga Wars rather than Cherokee Wars? Ask me or check with Wikipedia or Google.

The Cherokee are distant relatives of the Iroquois and spoke an Iroquoian language. They probably migrated south from Iroquois territory around the Great Lakes in pre-Columbian times. So, they may well have dispossessed others to claim the territory of those others.